Hi, I’m James Stewart, welcome to my blog

I was born in Scotland and retain pervading memories of growing up on the Moray coast. Son of a fisherman, salmon and lobster fishing, white sandy beaches, the river Spey and its annual flow of sea trout, salmon, ospreys and the ever present Moray Firth dolphins and seals. Sea and river fishing is in my blood, as are the deeply embedded memories and majesty of the thousands of wild geese that arrived in the autumn of each year to over winter aside the lochs, rivers and coastal plain.

I now live in stunningly beautiful West Oxfordshire, where I am close to my sons and family; a life changing decision to relocate, that in turn triggered fresh thinking around lifestyle and choice that has yet to fully unwind and evolve.

Coincidentally, I have a huge passion for fitness, wellbeing and diet, staying financially astute and forever exploring online the latest tech gadgets and new ideas that influence, motivate, inspire or challenge my personal wellbeing, mental and physical agility and that’s without the golf, travel, dogs and social!

I have been married for over 42 years to the sweetest lady, whom all love and respect for her selfless kindness, optimism, humour and strength (and her great skills in sewing, quilting and kilt making). We are blessed with two wonderful sons, an adoreable soon to be daughter-in-law and our lovely Lhasa Apso dogs, Islay, Georgia and recently arrived puppy, Darcey.  We are a close family team who have been together through thick and thin and are always there for each other.

Why blog?

I have always believed that people often view life in stages rather than a continuous journey. Self imposed targets are often set by age, and once past a specific age, we often convince ourselves that the target has been missed and the opportunity squandered. The reality is that those having the most fun are those who break free of such self imposed imitations, those who think outside the box and follow their intuition down paths that expose more exciting and inspiring opportunities.

So from the very beginning of me starting this whole blogging thing, my goal is to just enjoy doing what I am doing and importantly for me, through writing, to be given creative freedom to share my thoughts on my activities, passion and interests and yes, to learn through my communication and sharing online, the thoughts and views of the many.